Arvo Pärt: Trisagion

Arvo Pärt Trisagion
Trisagion

Arvo Pärt: Trisagion

Year of composition:
1992/1994
Scored for:
for string orchestra
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Instrumentation details:
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
12’
Dedication:
dedicated to the parish of prophet Elias in ilomantsi on the occasion of its 500th anniversary
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Work introduction

Trisagion is clearly divided into sections of great rhythmic and dynamic variety. Although in this case the work was composed for string orchestra, the note prefacing the score observes that all text parameters (number of syllables, accentuation, punctuation, etc.) were determining factors, and the Orthodox Slavonic which was Trisagion’s inspiration is written under the parts. After the eleventh and final sequences, the Lord’s Prayer, the nine-part strings pulsate on a single E minor chord into silence.

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Next performances

19 Dec

Trisagion

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Firenze (IT)

04 Jul

Trisagion

Semperoper, Dresden (DE)

World première

Location:
Ilomantsi
Date:
18.07.1992
Orchestra:
Ensemble 21
Conductor:
Lygia O'Riordan

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